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Apply to be a Camp Intern Today

Within the Kansas Region, summer Church Camp is a high priority.   Those who have participated and matured through the camp program (now college-age students) are typically able and willing leaders who have excellent talents to offer.  These young adults are often the most dedicated individuals, as they have benefited greatly from their own experience in camp.   These individuals are also in a place of great financial need for resources to continue their college education.

The Summer Leadership Intern program enhances a young person’s college experience and may help a young person in determining a life vocation.  Preference is given to those individuals considering ministry as a career option.  While individuals from other Regions are considered, Kansas applicants are given first consideration.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in college and preference is given to those who have completed two successful years of college education.

Apply today! Download the full 2017 job description and Summer Leadership Intern Application.  Qualification criteria and three references (name and contact info) are required: your pastor and two others who know your work. Applications are due March 1. Selection process is completed by March 31. A committee of Camp & Conference members and regional staff review applicants and make the final selection. Application materials should be sent to Steve Martin.

 

For further information, send Steve Martin an email.

 

Communication Workshops

It’s not too late to register for the four remaining Church Communication workshops. Two identical sessions are offered, 9 a.m. in the chapel at Disciples Center at Tawakoni and 7 p.m. at Pine Valley Christian Church, Wichita. Beginners and digital experts will benefit.

Workshop topics are:

  • Tuesday, February 14:
    Social Media in the Church: Connecting to Millennials
    Social Media is another way to engage people with the gospel in our increasingly digital world. Learn about the different social media platforms, how to connect to the millennial generation, and use social media in a safe and secure way.
        
  • Tuesday, February 21:
    Church Publications: Communicating effectively in print, online
    Learn about both print and electronic forms of newsletters, brochures, postcards and other modes of communication for members and visitors.
  • Tuesday, February 28:
    Church Branding and what it says about you     
    Branding is the visual representation of your church’s identity. Explore the three elements of branding and developing your church’s unique identity.
  • Tuesday, March 7:
    PowerPoint, Screencasting & Video: Your church on the big screen   
    Adding projection systems to sanctuaries has changed the look and feel of worship today. In this session, learn about the resources available and how to use them effectively.

Cost is $15 per session. Register and pay online below or download registration form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional office. Classes may be cancelled for insufficient preregistration. If winter weather forces cancellation of a session, it will be made up on March 14.

Credit card payments and gifts to the region, whether online, by phone or by other means, appear on your credit card statement as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH.”

Clergy Retreat 2017

Relax, Refresh, Renew

  • Rest & relaxation 
  • Reconnect with colleagues in ministry
  • Spend time with a dynamic theologian & pastor in an informal setting
  • The focus will be on preaching to post-modern people

The 2017 Clergy Retreat will be March 28-30 at the Disciples Center at Tawakoni.  Retreat begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and ends sometime before noon on Thursday

Speaker:
Rev. Dr. D Newell Williams
President and Professor of Modern and American Church History
Brite Divinity School

D. Newell Williams has been President and Professor of Modern and American Church History of Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University since 2003. He co-edited two books with Douglas A. Foster and Paul M. Blowers, The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History (Chalice Press, 2013) and The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2004). Dr. Williams will be sharing four short presentations on the history of how Disciples have responded to racism. He will also provide time for questions and discussion on what he shares.

Registration:

$70.00— two nights, four meals, lodging at the camp
$50.00 — for program and meals only (lodging available at nearby hotels) 
*Optional “golf fellowship” on Wednesday

Registration Deadline is March 14.  Register and pay online below or download  2017 Clergy Retreat Registration Form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office.

Spring Work Days

Bring your bedding, bring your tools, and come out to help get the camp ready for the summer camping season.

Camp Work Days start at 10 am on Thursday, March 9, and conclude after lunch on Saturday, March 11.

The projects will be focusing on getting the camp ready for the 2017 camping season.  Some of the projects include service to all of the motorized equipment, inspection of lift stations, repair of some plumbing issues, repair of some electrical equipment, trimming of trees and burning grassy areas.  

There is no charge!  Contact Vern Failor or Steve Martin by March 5 if you can help so that the proper amount of food can be prepared. 

A second set of work days will be May 18-20.

2017 Discovery Camp

Discovery Camp
May 31-June 1

Discovery camp is a two day, one night, camping experience for children who have completed grades kindergarten-1.  Check in begins at 1 p.m. on the first day of camp and closing worship and departure is at 10 a.m. on the last day of camp.

The registration fee covers meals & snacks, lodging, program, and priceless memories! Register before April 30 for $87.  Registrations received after April 30 pay the full price of $127.

Register and pay online below or download the 2017 Camp Registration and Health form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office. Maximum enrollment is 45 campers.

NOTE: This charge will appear as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement.

CYF Omega Summer Conference

CYF Omega: July 10-15

CYF Conference is a six day, five night, camping experience for Youth who have completed grades 9-12.  Check in begins at 1 p.m. on the first day of camp and closing worship and departure is at 10 a.m. on the last day of camp.

The registration fee covers meals & snacks, lodging, program, and priceless memories! Register before April 30 for $287.  Registrations received after April 30 pay the full price of $327.

Campers will have the opportunity to go on the high-ropes course. A Challenge Course Permission Form needs to be signed and turned in to your camp director prior to participation on the ropes course.

Register online below or download the Camp Registration and Health Form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office. Maximum enrollment is 60 campers per session.

 

 

NOTE: This charge will appear as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement.

It’s Yearbook and Directory Time

The Yearbook & Directory of the Christian Church is a snapshot in time of our church, collectively—taking inventory of our ministries, resources, and overall health, providing information to one another and to the church at large for our mutual ministry. It is only complete if every congregation and ministry reports accurate information.

If your church has been estimating worship attendance, do the math and turn in a real count this year, or if you don’t have this information, begin now to gather the weekly information so that you can do this next year. If your church has been subtracting deaths and adding new people to the total and participating member categories, take time to do a real audit of these numbers. Do they represent real people?

Each congregation which is listed is covered under our church-wide 501(c)3 designation, and a copy of the completed Yearbook & Directory is provided to the IRS in lieu of each listed congregation filling out quarterly reports. If completeness drops, this ease of reporting is jeopardized. This one form—or quarterly IRS reports? That’s probably an easy choice!

Forms are due by March 15. The information may be provided on paper or online. Sooner is always better!

2017 KCYF Mission Week

KCYF Mission Week
Building Leaders Through Service

Sunday, June 4-Saturday, June 10

KCYF Mission Week is a seven day, six night mission oriented camping experience for youth who have completed grades 8-12. The group will travel to Denver and perform service work or serve at Tennyson Center for Children. The group may elect to go into Denver for recreational events.

Space is limited, so register early.  A maximum of 32 youth may attend.

$320 fee includes meals, lodging, materials and any special events the youth attend.

Register online below or download the 2017 Camp Registration and Health form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office. 

NOTE: This charge will appear as some version of “SST*CHRISTIANCHUR840559 MOUNT VERNON OH” on your credit card statement.

 

2017 KDW Spirit Fests

2017 Spirit Fests
sponsored by Kansas Disciples Women

When and Where:
Sat., April 1               Leavenworth – First Christian Church, 130 N 6th
                                    9:00-3:00; Registration 9:00-9:30

Sun., April 2              Baxter Springs – First Christian Church, 3020 Roberts Rd
                                      1:30-6:30; Registration 1:30-2:00

Sat., April 8               Ulysses – Shelton Memorial Christian Church, 316 N Main
                                      9:00-3:00; Registration 9:00-9:30

Sun., April 9              McPherson – First Christian Church, 101 S Walnut
                                     1:30-6:30; Registration 1:30-2:00

Freedom: Power and Struggle in the Bible Workshops

  • Easing the Struggle
  • Just Women Bible Study
  • Human Trafficking
  • Church-Supported Services

$15 Registration Fee includes a meal, snack and materials.  Register and pay online below or download the 2017 Spirit Fest Registration Form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office.

Boundaries training 2017

Anti-Racism Training 101

This training will explore what racism is as opposed  to acts of racial bigotry. Is there such a thing as systemic racism? And it will help us develop a common language to talk about racism.

No matter how recently you attended Boundaries Training, you are required to attend in 2017
We welcome the presence of spouses and lay leaders.

Thursday, May 4: First Christian Church, 1880 SW Gage, Topeka, KS
OR
 Saturday, July 22: Disciples Center at Tawakoni, 8492 SW Tawakoni
OR
Thursday, October 19: First Christian Church,  5230 Broadway, Great Bend, KS

FACILITATOR: Rev. Nancy Eggen, Minister for Racial Justice  Kansas-Oklahoma Conference United Church of Christ

10 a.m. — 3 p.m.

Cost:  $35.00 for Clergy; $10 for Spouses and Lay Leaders

Register and pay online below or download the 2017 Boundaries Training registration form and mail with payment to the Topeka Regional Office.